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Angela Eagle withdraws from Labour leadership election

Published 19/07/2016

Angela Eagle is supporting Owen Smith
Angela Eagle is supporting Owen Smith

Angela Eagle has withdrawn from the Labour leadership race leaving Owen Smith to face Jeremy Corbyn.

The Wallasey MP was the first to mount a public challenge to the Labour leader, but decided to withdraw after it became apparent that Mr Smith had secured more nominations from party MPs and MEPs.

Former shadow work and pensions secretary Mr Smith will now go forward to fight Mr Corbyn in a ballot of party members and supporters which ends on September 24.

Speaking at Westminster, Ms Eagle said she would be backing Mr Smith in the contest.

She said in a statement: "I'm withdrawing from this race and supporting Owen.

"I am supporting him with all of my enthusiasm and might.

"We are in lock-step together, arguing for a united Labour Party."

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